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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 1:00 am | Updated: 8:10 am, Mon Dec 31, 2018.

Rahmod Smith began playing football two years ago at Homestead at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds.

Smith, now a senior, checks in at 6-foot-5 and 216 pounds and one of the best tight ends in Florida posting his best season catching 25 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns for the 6-4 Broncos.

He will be continuing his career at FAU after signing with the Owls over UNLV on the first day of the early signing period.

“It’s a very special moment and it will determine the next four years of my life,” Smith said.

Smith will join his brother, linebacker Rashad Smith, at FAU while looking to be a key component to the Owls’ offense for the future.

“What drew me to it was the offensive play style and the numbers the tight ends go,” Smith said. “It was outstanding for tight ends,” Smith said. “The offense was great and I get to play a year with my brother.

I’m playing under coach Lane Kiffin and learning a lot from coach (Clint) Trickett and Harrison Bryant, who is an All-American and soaking it all in and taking over the year after.”

Smith had been previously committed to UNLV for five months, but Trickett continued to stay in touch with Smith and then when an offer came earlier this month, it became a situation Smith could not turn down.

Homestead head coach Ahmad Ward believes Smith will thrive in the future.

“He’s only 17, he has a big frame, he’s going to get better with better facilities, better coaching, he’ just going to soak it all in,” Ward said. “He has so much room to grow so I’m not going to be shocked if he breaks out by his second or third year and even if he gets a shot at the NFL, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Ward credits Smith for putting in the extra time over the last two years to help develop into a Division I prospect.

“It took a lot of time and work on his part,” Ward said. “There were times where we would practice and then he would go on his own and just work on his own at a park doing cone drills. I told him now with technology go on YouTube, see some of the best receivers or tight ends and let’s try to emulate them with whatever drills you see them do and implement them in for yourself and he did that.”

Although Smith signed early, he will finish out his senior year at Homestead and is currently playing on the basketball team.

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